OHIO — While some people are enjoying Independence Day with family and friends, others are spending the day at the airport as many flights were canceled or delayed throughout the holiday weekend.
There were more than 30 delays and eight cancellations at Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport on Sunday, and there were many more on Monday, leaving some travelers wondering if they would arrive at their destination in time for the celebrations of the Independence Day.
“The whole travel process is much more complicated now,” said Wyn Jones, a Cincinnati resident returning from London.
On Sunday, Jones arrived at London Airport for her morning flight. She made sure to arrive early so there were no problems.
“They tell you to be three hours early for an international flight,” Jones said. “They then emailed me and told me to arrive four hours early because they were short on staff. I did.”
But when she boarded her flight, the plane was delayed for over an hour due to technical issues. This is what caused her and many other passengers to miss their connecting flight to Philadelphia.
“I walked to my door as they locked the door and the attendants left the office,” she said. “If they had waited five more minutes, I would have made this connection.”
It was frustrating for Jones, who took all the right steps to get to her flight on time and paid for what she called “a better experience.”
“I paid $3,600 for this flight and they couldn’t wait five minutes,” she said. “It’s a bad way to do business.”
But Jones wasn’t the only traveler this holiday weekend to have flight issues. This holiday weekend, there were more than 1,600 cancellations and more than 12,500 delays across the United States, according to flightaware.com. Megan Stepp, who was also traveling from London to Cincinnati, had two delayed flights and had to spend the night in Atlanta.
“I spent 22 hours traveling only to have two delayed flights and stay where my final destination is not,” she said. “I fly quite frequently and I’ve never seen it this crazy.”
Going forward, Jones said it was important for airlines to give travelers more time to get to and from their connecting flight. She encourages people to be prepared and ready to face obstacles like these.